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Perfect Pie Crust I Recipe

Perfect Pie Crust I

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Original recipe makes 3 pie crusts Change Servings


  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in Crisco until pea sizes form.
  2. In one-cup measuring cup, beat egg yolks and add COLD water to fill entire one cup. Add to the mixture. Do not overmix. Divide into thirds.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2008

I avoid making pie crusts like the plague. Every recipe I've tried comes out sticky and messy - but this one was absolutely perfect! I cut this recipe down and made two large crusts (more like 2 and a half) for a strawberry pie am just kicking myself for not making my own crust sooner. Very easy, very tasty - this truely is a perfect pie crust!! One trick I learned when it comes to pie crusts... before you start, put one or two pieces of plastic wrap on the counter top so that the plastic is a bit larger than the finished pie. Then roll the pie out as normal - but instead of having to worry about it sticking to the counter, you can just pick it up by the plastic wrap and turn it over into your pie pan. Works like a charm!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2008

Although this crust has a pleasant taste,it tastes more like a cookie to me. It was also very difficult to work with. It did not roll out easily for a 9 inch pie, but it did roll nicely in small amounts for cutting out the decorative shapes for the edges of the pie. After I added more shortening and water, and mixed it for 30 minutes, it became easier to work with. I have been looking for an easy flaky pie crust. This isn't it.

Nov 26, 2008

this is by far the best pie crust i have made. i tweaked it just a bit by using 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup shortening. you want to make sure that the butter is softened and your shortening cold. this gives it just a little bit more of a rich flavor. the key to the perfect consistency is using ICE COLD water. i don't mix the water with the egg yolk until right before adding to the flour mixture. i put about 4 ice cubes and water into a little shaker, then strain into the measuring cup with egg yolk to fill the cup. mix and test consistency. i had to use just a bit more water to get it right. for best results you could flatten dough into into discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1/2 hour. this makes the crust perfect and very easy to work with. from this recipe i had enough for 2 pumpkin pies and one cherry (double crusted) pie. excellent!!

Nov 24, 2008

I am so pleased to have found this recipe. I like pie crust, but I don't like most pie crust if that makes sense. I have been looking for years for a recipe that tastes good and I have finally found it. As a bonus, this crust is so easy to work with, I was able to pick it up and turn it as I rolled it in order to make a more perfect circle. I had no problems with tearing or stretching. This is the softest nicest crust I have ever worked with. This is also the first crust I was able to be patient enough with that I could make decorative edges on my pie. I also used the crust to make a lattice top on each of my pies and I had no issues with cracking when I bent the pieces to weave them, or with sticking when I picked them up off the table. In short, this is how pie crust should be. You may find that you need to add more water, a spoonful at a time until the dough holds together. I also substituted powdered sugar for the white sugar the second time I made the crust and I will keep doing this in the future. Finally, I also substituted butter for 2/3 of the shortening and still had a beautiful flaky crust. Also, this recipe makes more than enough dough for 2, 2 crust pies. I imagine it would be sufficient for 1 more 1 crust pie. We used our two cookie sheets worth of scraps as cookies with cinnamon sugar. yum. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

Jun 23, 2008

I changed the recipe to serve 12. I did not use 1/2 the water called for with the egg yolk and the dough was very sticky. I remade it again using the right amount of water and it came out great. Don't forget to adjust the amount of water when adjusting the recipe..Jo

Dec 17, 2005

This was the first pie crust that I made that tasted good and was very easy. Great recipe!

Aug 19, 2008

Wonderful! I cut the recipe in half and used it for Blueberry Banana Cream Cheese Pie from this site and everyone raved about it! The only changes I made was using whole wheat pastry flour, which made it healthier too. Thanks for the post!

Dec 04, 2007

GREAT RECIPE...I have been using it for years and get Rave reviews on the crust


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  • Calories
  • 221 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 60 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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